Resources for Entrepreneurs

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Resources for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners


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The following resources may give you some ideas and be interesting as you think about business ownership.  Items listed here are for your information and knowledge.  Remember that you need to decide what is best for your business and situation and not all of this will be relevant for you and your business. A listing below does not constitute or imply endorsement or recommendation.

5 Videos You Must Watch Before Starting a Business Note: unfortunately not all 5 are available, but the ones that are available are excellent.
The Exact Pitch Deck Strategy I’ve Used To Raise $125M Since 2011
The startup framework to validate your idea before you spend $1
4 Keys To Creating A Marketing Budget That Gets Results
Top sales strategies: 62 sales experts share their best tactics to land more customers and close deals
Give Your Ideas Away
6 Low Cost Ways to Test your Business Idea
8 Business Plan Myths That Can Hurt Your Business


Federal and State Resources

Small Business Administration (SBA)
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a United States government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses. The SBA Learning Center has many resources that you may find helpful covering many small business topics.  Click here to visit.

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
DCEO supports businesses in Illinois.



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Other Resources

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Click HERE to download a sample cash flow template with sample explanations.

Certificate of Achievement for completion of the Venture Series

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